Simple tips to increase self-confidence: visualisation, body language and more

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Self-confident people have qualities that many people wish they could posses. They face their fears and tend to be risk takers.

They are people who tend to see life in a positive light even when things aren't going so well, and they are typically satisfied with and respect themselves.

Thankfully, self-confidence is something that almost everyone can learn to build up.

Many people become nervous before a presentation, interview or important meeting. Sometimes, however, we get so nervous that our reaction to stress damages our performance and we fail to communicate or give justice to our message.

After all, many people will be reluctant to back a project or idea that’s being presented by someone who comes across as nervous and overly apologetic.

Self-confidence is highly important in almost every aspect of our lives. Whether you have a big presentation or an exciting first date coming up, most people would benefit from a quick confidence boost.

Here are a few simple tips that everyone can practice to build better self-confidence:

Stop criticizing yourself

There’s no better place to start building your self-esteem than by learning to replace the voice of your own inner critic, which, if you allow it to, will drag your self-esteem down.

Whether this voice is telling you that you’re not good enough at your job and someone will find out, or that you are not as popular as your friend or coworker - you can change the way that you view yourself.

Whenever the critic pipes up in your mind – stop it and refocus your thoughts on something more constructive.

Visualise yourself as you want to be

Picture yourself in an image that you are proud of in your own mind. When struggling with self-confidence we have a poor perception of ourselves that is mostly inaccurate.

Try visualising the ideal version of yourself, achieving your goals. 

Do one thing every day that scares you

It may be a cliché, but clichés are clichés for a reason!

A lack of self-confidence can often lead to us finding ways around conversation or interaction, tempted by the possibilities of a text or an email in which we don’t have to look, listen, or reveal ourselves.

The best way to overcome fear is to face it by doing something that scares you every day and gaining confidence from these experiences. So, get out of your comfort zone and face your fears. 

Change your body language and image

Posture, a smile on your face, making eye contact and speech all influence the way others perceive you.

Just the simple act of pulling your shoulders back gives others the impression that you are someone who is confident.

Also, remember to look at the person you are speaking to, not at your shoes – keeping eye contact shows confidence.

Prepare yourself

Whatever is next on your ‘to achieve’ list, make sure you learn everything there is to know about your field, job, presentation etc.

If you are prepared and have the knowledge to back yourself up, your self-confidence will soar.

Stop dusting your trainers and start wearing them

Self-confidence also depends on a combination of good physical, emotional and social health.

It’s tough to feel good about yourself if you’re not happy with your physique and sometimes feel low on energy.

In addition, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, Berocca contains vitamins B1, B2 and B12 which can help release energy from the food you eat. This can help you feel energised and make the most of that gym membership.

Confident people inspire confidence in others, their friends, work colleagues, bosses and clients. Gaining the confidence of others is a vital way in which self-confident people find success.


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